Making Liberal Internationalism Great Again: What Role for Middle Powers in the New World Order?

May 29, 2018 - 4:00pm


The liberal world order is under threat. The rise of populism and Far Right movements, the increasingly isolationist foreign policies of the United States, and the growing strength of non-liberal powers like China and Russia indicate that the institutions …

Dr. Anya Neistat: Defending Human Rights in a Changing and Challenging World

May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Anya Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, to Ottawa for an exciting presentation. Dr. Neistat will discuss the challenges human rights are facing in our rapidly changing world and the research …

The Fat Tech Dragon: Commercial and Strategic Implications of China’s Hi-Tech Drive

April 26, 2018 - 3:30pm

Presented by the Asian Studies Network and the China Policy Centre

Scott Kennedy will discuss China’s high-tech drive which has drawn both fierce criticism for being unfair and breathless praise for its recent successes. His presentation will attempt to cut …

China in the Arctic: What does it mean for Canada?

April 16, 2018 - 13:00

Organized in cooperation with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI)

Non-Arctic states have recently shown interest in the Arctic region, generating opportunities but also fear among Arctic states. Chinese activism in the region attracted the most attention, more negative …

La réforme du système d’octroi de l’asile au Canada : où en sommes-nous?

April 5, 2018 - 12:00

Organisé par le Carrefour des réfugiés :

Au cours des deux dernières décennies, le Canada a adopté un ensemble de mesures restrictives à l’égard des demandeurs du statut de réfugié. Ces mesures reflètent une approche sécuritaire des migrations, qui a …

Town Hall discussion with NATO’s Secretary General

April 4, 2018 - 10:00

Presented by CIPS

Please join us for a town hall discussion with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, who will present the Atlantic Alliance and its important role at a time when the rules-based international order, that Canada helped bring …

Governing Free Speech on the Internet

April 3, 2018 - 12:00pm



The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres

March 29, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The Killing Season examines one of the largest and swiftest instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century—the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving …

Nihilism and Technology

March 27, 2018 - 12:00

According to Dr Nolen Gertz, Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy, there is a tendency in technological production called the “leisure-as-liberation” model of technological design.  In this lecture, he will outline how it has evolved from Aristotle to Marx, to today. …

Out of Fragility?

March 27, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network

State fragility is widespread. Depending on the definition, up to half of all states are fragile and lack essential state capacities. They cannot provide basic services security, and participation in governance


CIPSS/CIPS Graduate Student Conference 2018

March 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Centre for International Policy Studies and the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies will host their 2018 joint annual conference on March 23 at Allsaints on 10 Blackburn Ave., a short walk from the uOttawa campus. Please …

Ethics Workshop: Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration

March 19, 2018 - 12:00

Do you or your students conduct research, evaluation or information-gathering activities with refugees? This workshop will present recently published guidelines on research in situations of forced migration (Read article here) and provide participants with the opportunity to think through potential …

Inequality and Secular Stagnation: Industrial Organization, Intellectual Property, and Global Governance

March 15, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and IPEN
IPEN Speaker Series with Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia

What explains the slowdown in global (and especially rich OECD) growth rates after 1990? The change in corporate profit strategy and industrial structure from the control …

I didn’t know freedom would be so cold: The hopes and challenges of LGBTI migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to Canada

March 14, 2018 - 11:30am

Presented by CIPS and The Refugee Hub

In the face of ongoing challenges faced by LGBTI individuals around the world, Canada operates a refugee program that prioritizes the admission of individuals facing persecution on the basis of their sexuality.  This …

Elections in Somalia: Looking ahead to 2020

March 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The National Independent Election Commission has the legal mandate to conduct elections in Somalia and has spent the past year putting in place its strategic plan for elections in

Rethinking the Emerging Power Approach to IPE: The Case of Brazil

March 7, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and IPEN

One of the preoccupations of Anglo-Saxon scholars over the last decade has been: what does the rise of the BRICS mean for the existing structure of the international system. Are these emerging actors going to …

Disorder, Disruptions, Directions: A New Era in Global Diplomacy?

March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Presented by CIPS

The Oxford English Dictionary defines diplomacy as ‘the management of international relations by negotiation; the method by which these relations are adjusted and managed by ambassadors and envoys’. On the eve of International Women’s Day, please join …

Country Briefing: South Sudan

March 6, 2018 - 9:00

Presented by CIPS and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

Thousands of civilians have been killed, often because of their ethnicity or perceived political alliances in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict.  More than 4 million people have been forced to …

Elon Musk, President of Mars?

March 5, 2018 - 17:00

Who owns Outer Space? Could Elon Musk become President of Mars? How would one negotiate a treaty with aliens? Space is becoming a very busy place, with 90 orbital launches occurring in 2017 alone. Many of the governance challenges that …

Zimbabwe after Mugabe

March 5, 2018 - 12:00

David Moore, Professor of Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg, has been trying to figure out the complexities and contradictions of Zimbabwean politics since 1984, when he started fieldwork for his York University doctorate. Since then he has …

Reconciliation After Genocide? Some reflections on Canada’s Indian Residential Schools and Indigenous-Settler Relations

March 2, 2018 - 12:00

Terms like genocide and cultural genocide have been widely used to make sense of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools and some other aspects of settler colonial history. This presentation outlines how genocide was committed both in the schools and through the …

The return of illiberalism and the future of IPE research

March 1, 2018 - 12:00 pm

CIPS and IPEN present a roundtable with Craig Murphy and Juliet Johnson

The events of the past two years—ranging from Trump’s election, the Brexit vote, and the rise of the Far Right in Europe and around the world—raise some fundamental …

Peace building, justice and security: taking stock of the past 25 years

March 1, 2018 - 9:00am

There is no registration fee but attendees should register at the following address if they want access to the lunch buffet: Register Here

The justice system and the security sector constitute two such power structures that experienced a great deal …

The Five Faces of Global Inequality: a modest proposal to make the world a better place for all

February 28, 2018 - 17:30

Craig N. Murphy‘s paper is the draft of the introductory chapter of a book tentatively titled Equality or Extinction, which looks at the small set of global problems that are the focus of those discussions of global governance …

Global Compact on Refugees

February 26, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and Refugee Hub

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will propose a Global Compact on Refugees in his annual report to the General Assembly in 2018. In response to the recently released “zero draft” of this …

Recognizing International Status: A Relational Approach

February 21, 2018 - 12:00

How do states achieve status? Although we rely on status to explain important phenomena in international politics—such as wars and the foreign policy of emerging powers—we still do not understand what status is or where it comes from. Previous research …

The Authority Trap

February 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network 

The Authority Trap, published by Cornell University Press:

Not all international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) are created equal, Some have emerged as “leading INGOs” that command deference from various powerful audiences and …

How do we value ecosystem services? The Evolution of a Concept

February 7, 2018 - 12:00

CIPS and IPEN present a Lunchtime Seminar with Jennifer Allan  

The concept of ecosystem services gained prominence in international policymaking circles as a mechanism to achieve sustainable development, and became shorthand for efforts to value nature’s contribution to human wellbeing, …

The Twilight of “War” and the New Global Landscape of Organised Violence

February 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

The traditional understanding of war that arose with the Westphalian international order and the Weberian states that compose it appears to be in terminal crisis today. Established political and juridical framings of war no longer seem operant …

Hegemonic Orders and Entangled Modernities: How to Make Sense of Russia’s Difference?

January 30, 2018 - 12:00

CIPS and the International Theory Network present:

The concept of hegemony holds significant promise for both theoretical and empirical studies of global inequalities and hierarchies. There is a divide among neo-Gramscian scholars between historical materialist approaches and poststructuralist theories foregrounding …

Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges

January 30, 2018

Saint Paul University together with the Canadian Forces College’s Centre for National Security Studies, the Royal Military College Saint-Jean, the Center for International Policy Studies, and the Mapping and Charting Establishment are proud to present “Innovation Methodologies for Defence Challenges: …

A public dialogue on Canada’s presidency of the G7: Perspectives and challenges

January 26, 2018 - 10:00

With Peter M. BOEHM, Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Prime Minister Trudeau’s personal representative (sherpa) at the G7.

In preparation for the G7 summit that Canada will host in June 2018, the Government of Canada is engaging

NATO’s About Face: Gender Mainstreaming in an Alliance Setting

January 24, 2018 - 12:30

Following UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, many international organizations adopted policies to include more women and encourage more gender-based analysis in policy and operational planning. Existing scholarship has identified resistance to such change, especially in military organizations, but …

Feminist perspectives on women’s health in displacement and protracted crisis: Syrian refugees in Lebanon

January 22, 2018 - 11:30

Community Mobilization in Crisis and CIPS present a talk followed by a networking lunch with members of the uOttawa community working on refugee-related issues. 

In this talk, Sawsan Abdulrahim examines two social and health outcomes that affect women in displacement …

Fracking and finance: can investor-activism reshape energy governance?

January 18, 2018 - 12:00

Presented by CIPS and IPEN (International Political Economy Network)

Abstract: Shareholder resolutions—usually non-binding requests to corporations for changes to environmental, social, and governance practices—have taken on new significance as financial actors gain increased power in commodity chains. With a


Re “image” ining Indigenous Gang Involvement in Canada, Australia and New Zealand

January 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

This talk will focus on Robert Henry’s research with Indigenous men and women who were involved in street gangs. Through modified photovoice methods, Robert examines the ways in which Indigenous men and women engage in street lifestyles, …

Protecting LGBTI Rights Abroad

December 7, 2017 - 4:30

Presented by CIPS and the Pride Centre:

You are invited to a panel discussion on LGBTI Issues around the World, which will be hosted by Matt DeCourcey and Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretaries to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in

The Transformational Potential of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics.

December 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network

Professor Lightfoot’s talk will focus on how Indigenous peoples’ rights and Indigenous rights movements represent an important and often overlooked shift in international politics – a shift that powerful states are actively …

Book Launch – Kevin McMillan, The Constitution of Social Practices

November 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN).
Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

This book contends that practices are perhaps the most fundamental building-block of …

Questioning the Policing of Financial Conduct: Suspicion and Denunciation in Canada

November 29, 2017 - 14:30

Anthony Amicelle is Assistant Professor in Criminology at the Université de Montréal. His research examines practices of policing, surveillance and intelligence at the interface of finance and security, especially with respect to counter-terrorism and anti-money laundering. His recent and forthcoming …

Who cast the spell?: Class struggle and resource curse in South America

November 22, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Le français suivra

The International Political Economy Network (IPEN) invites you to a lunchtime seminar with Thomas Chiasson-LeBel, 12-1:30pm on Wednesday, November 22nd , 2017 (Room FSS 4006).

Thomas Chiasson-LeBel is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the department of …

The EU Global Strategy; navigating uncertainty

November 21, 2017 - 11:00


CIPS and the Security Studies Network present:

Nathalie Tocci is Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen, and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, on behalf of whom she …

Should Security (Ever) Trump Rights?

November 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the International Theory Network (ITN)

Are the Trump administration’s attempts to restrict entry into the US a response to legitimate security concerns or an abrogation of basic legal protections for individuals and families? To what extent …

Contemporary Security Politics and the Paradox of Territorial Integrity

November 16, 2017 - 14:30

Sebastian Schmidt, Johns Hopkins University

For much of the history of the modern state system, the presence of a military force in a given territory was tightly linked with authority over that territory. That is, the territory on which a …

Welcoming refugees: Changing the Public Conversation

November 16, 2017 - 18:30

Sponsored by CIPS, The Global Centre for Pluralism and Refugee 613

The world is dealing with the largest number of global refugees since the Second World War. Asylum seekers arriving at shorelines and borders – at times in considerable distress …

Making a Difference? Assessing the Legacy of Africa’s First Elected Woman President

November 15, 2017 - 12:00pm

After 12 years and two terms as Liberia’s president, Africa’s first elected female head of state –  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – will leave office in January 2018. President Sirleaf’s election in 2005 was widely heralded as a victory for women’s …

Justice for Syria and Universal Jurisdiction

November 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Presented by CIPS, the International Commission of Jurists- Canada and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The Syrian crisis has claimed the lives of an estimated 475,000 people as of July 2017, and all sides to the conflict have …

Stranger Friendships: Solidarity and subterfuge in a Palestinian camp

November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm

Presented by CIPS, the International Theory Network, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre as well the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies.

Drawing on ethnographic material from the Shatila camp in Beirut and the informal gathering of Jal el …

A Global Education Strategy for Canada

November 8, 2017 - 10:30

A new report, Global Education for Canadians, to be released at this event, sounds an urgent warning that Canada is not preparing its young people to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. International learning provides students with skills …

Who is the enemy? On the contemporary transformation of military-strategic and political discourses.

November 7, 2017 - 12:30pm

Presented by CIPS

This presentation discusses the contemporary transformations of the political and military-strategic discourses. More specifically, it offers an archaeological description of the discourse of the ‘war against terrorism’ by unpacking it, in order to show how this discourse …

Protecting Academic Freedom at Home and Abroad

November 2, 2017 - 17:30

CIPS is pleased to partner with The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the  Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network to present a debate on academic freedom in Canada and abroad.


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Trump, Year One: Chaos and Confusion on the Potomac

November 1, 2017 - 12:00


Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

As Donald Trump’s presidency approaches its first anniversary, join our panel for a review of the past 12 months and a look ahead to what we might …

Nuclear Power Ousted by… Renewables?

November 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Access the Powerpoint presentation here.

Presented by CIPS and Smart Prosperity Institute

CIPS and Smart Prosperity Initative invite you to the Canada launch of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017. Nuclear utilities are struggling with low wholesale power …

CIPS presents: President Juan Manuel Santos

October 30, 2017 - 2:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) 

In 2010, Juan Manuel Santos was elected President of Colombia for a four-year term and re-elected in 2014 for a second term.

Under his administration, Colombia has …

Come and meet the editorial team of Potentia, the Centre for International Policy Studies bilingual student  journal to celebrate the publication of the 2017 edition!

October 30, 2017 - 17:00

Potentia, the interdisciplinary student journal of CIPS invites you to celebrate the publication of its 2017 journal. Potentia publishes academic articles by graduate students with the support of professors and GSPIA. These articles are peer-reviwed and published in both official …

Canadian and American Defence Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

October 19, 2017 - 14:30

The establishment of new Administrations in both Canada and the United States in the past two years has led to a substantial amount of overhaul of both countries’ defence strategy frameworks.  In Canada, this culminated in June with the release …

What’s new in Canada’s approach to peacekeeping and peacebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected states?

October 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Fragile States Research Network

Since taking office in late 2015, the Trudeau government has clearly signaled its intent to reorient Canada’s engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) – by increasing its engagement in UN …

Justice and Markets – New Challenges to Open Borders

October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

CIPS and the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy present: Justice and Markets – New Challenges to Open Borders

Markets are seen internationally as both a vehicle for the realization of justice goals, as well as a

Understanding Brazilian South-South Cooperation with Haiti

October 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm

The International Political Economy Network (IPEN) invites you to a lunchtime seminar with Megan
Pickup, 12-1:30pm on Wednesday, October 11 th , 2017 (Room FSS 5028).

Le réseau en économie politique internationale (REPI) vous invite à un séminaire avec Megan …

Blue Future – why oceans are key to global developments. A view from Norway

October 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS

The oceans offer huge potential for human development. According to the UN, the world’s population is set to reach 9.7 billion in 2050. All these people will need food and energy, and population growth will drive an …

NATO and the New Security Challenges

September 27, 2017 - 12:15

NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Tacan Ildem, will share NATO’s perspective on the current security and policy challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic region in an age of disinformation. Ambassador Ildem will also address the importance of Canada in …

Germany after the election: Analysis and outlook

September 25, 2017 - 12:30pm

The event is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union” in the Centre for European Studies (CES) at Carleton University, the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa, and the Embassy of

CIPS Welcomes Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories

September 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

Mr. Michael Lynk is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. He served as Associate …

Image, Violence, Power: Public Spectacles and the War against Islamic State

September 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Security Studies Network

Islamic State has become notorious for its public displays of violence. Through slick, high-definition videos showing beheadings, immolations, and other executions, Islamic State has repeatedly captured the imagination of a global public, …

Book Launch — Running on Empty: Revisiting Refugee Resettlement in Canada and Around the World

September 13, 2017 - 12:00pm

Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Running on Empty is the first full description of Canada’s resettlement of 70,000 refugees displaced by war, tyranny, and genocide in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos between 1975 and …